Andrew Smith MP is supporting the campaign calling for a robust and human rights-based Arms Trade Treaty.
Andrew took part in a photo action event in the House of Commons, which saw MPs having their photo taken whilst holding a sign stating their support for a bulletproof arms trade treaty. The Control Arms Coalition (including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Saferworld), which organised the event, has been calling on MPs to demonstrate their support and urging David Cameron to publicly commit to a bulletproof arms trade treaty.
Every day, 1,500 people die as a result of armed violence and conflict. The current poor regulations on arms trades allow these weapons to fall into the wrong hands, where they can be used to fuel conflict, poverty and human rights violations. Amnesty is calling for a treaty based on a simple principle: no transfers of weapons likely to be used for violations of international law.
Andrew said: "It is appalling how much suffering throughout the world is made possible or even caused by unregulated trade in arms -- unlawful killings, poverty, sexual violence - and the list goes on.
"This is an issue that we should all be concerned about, and I have written to the Prime Minister urging a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty."
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said: "This July, we have a once in a lifetime chance to create this historic treaty that could help save thousands of lives every year. Eight-five per cent of all killings documented by Amnesty involve the use of guns, and an effective treaty would reduce this figure significantly, by keeping arms out of hands that would use them to violate human rights.
"We simply cannot let this opportunity pass us by. The support of MPs in pressuring Cameron for a public commitment to a bulletproof treaty is absolutely essential".